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Prayer Diary for September 

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

St Mary’s

Pray for new ways to express the love of God in practical ways, responding to the needs emerging in our communities. Pray for those who will access the Helpline service when it is introduced. 

Our Community

This month we pray for God’s blessing on those who live in Arundel Road, Barnfield Cottages and Orchard Crescent, Fontwell.  
Pray for children returning to school after a prolongued absence; for those starting school for the first time or moving to a new school.
Pray for Village Friends and all those who visit and offer support.
Give thanks and pray for our local shopkeepers, businesses and the outreach post office.

Our Nation

Continue to pray for our government in its national and local responses to COVID-19.
Pray for the protection of our police forces as they intervene to keep communities safe.
Pray for those experiencing mental health difficulties brought on or exacerbated by the lockdown; pray for health services and charities offering support.
Pray for job security for those who have benefitted from the furlough scheme as comes to an end next month.   Pray for businesses seeking to stay afloat.

The World

This month we focus on Australasia:
Pray for continued success in New Zealand in eliminating the virus.
Pray for the leadership of Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia, as he prayerfully exercises his Office and commits his nation to God, praying for those in need, those who are suffering, and praying for unity and strength in the national cabinet in the face of current challenges.

The Church

Pray that the new ways of being church and worshipping may draw people to faith.
Pray for strength for believers overseas who are persecuted for their faith, and those who are in prison.
World Day of Peace, 21st September: pray for all working for peace at international, national and local level, for the role of local churches in fostering reconciliation and forgiveness.